Authoritarian Century

Authoritarian Century : Omens of a Post-Liberal Future

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Liberal democracy has produced the most freedom and security for the most people of any form of government in human history. And, for a while, we believed that this would be enough. Especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late twentieth century, liberal democracy seemed like it was always bound to win over its ideological rivals.

Yet, today, the alternative models of Chinese despotism and Russian-style 'managed democracy' are proliferating even in the heart of Europe. In the US, as an incumbent president tried to obstruct a peaceful transfer of power, half of the electoral spectrum abandoned the norms of liberal democracy, and a sizeable minority of voters now refuses to acknowledge the outcome of a fair election. Where do we go from here?

This book shows the roots of today's anti-liberal backlash and argues that only a liberal order, domestically and internationally, can save vulnerable lives and confront the global crises of the twenty-first century. Taking aim at the critical mistakes that liberals continue to make, Azeem Ibrahim charts a path toward a liberal democratic renewal. His incisive narrative of the West's recent past is sober and sobering; his vision for the future refreshing and hopeful.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178738800X
  • 9781787388000

About Azeem Ibrahim

Azeem Ibrahim is Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Director at the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy; and a Foreign Policy columnist. His previous books are The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Genocide and Radical Origins: Why We Are Losing the Battle Against Islamic Extremism.
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